My Latest Song…. “The Cost Of Freedom”.

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It only took 27 years from the time I started it to finishing it this week! I’m pretty sure this is one of the ones I came up with while riding my bike the ten miles from Mesa College to my house when I lived in San Diego. The ** indicates the bit that has been floating around all these years. It didn’t have any specific meaning attached to it when I wrote it; I just liked the way it sounded. Last week, at band practice, one of my band-mates was talking about a song with freedom in the lyric. I started riffing on this song, and Chris, our drummer turned guitarist, started playing this way cool funk riff that fit PERFECTLY! I had never thought of putting a funk vibe to this thing! This is why I love working with other people. Forces you to go outside your own limited box.

After band practice, I was driving home listening to some Conservative talk radio. When they are not talking about guns or horrible government,socialist Obama, or the 51% of the country that are freeloaders, they like to talk about “the gay”. As it happens, the story of the Boy Scout who was denied his Eagle badge because he is gay, even though he did everything required to earn it, was the topic of discussion. I happened to tune in when a fevered religious type caller was going on and on about the “homosexual agenda” and proclaiming that we gays are all abominations.

Now, I normally don’t let this kind of thing bother me, as it doesn’t much matter what other people think about me and being gay. They fear what they don’t understand. But, since my creative juices were flowing, and his comments did strike a nerve, I came up with the rest of the song in retaliation to his negative rant on the drive home. I  try to stay away from bashing or commenting on religious beliefs – I’m agnostic, and believe everyone has a right to believe whatever religion they chose – but this caller rubbed me the wrong way. And helped me finish my 27 year old song, “The Cost Of Freedom”.

? ** You gotta count the cost of freedom
You gotta count the cost
You gotta count the cost of freedom
What you learned and what you lost

Was it not you, who told me
You gotta pay if you want to be free
Was it not you, who said
You never loved unless you bled **

You gotta count the cost of freedom
You gotta count the cost
You gotta count the cost of freedom
What you learned and what you lost

Was it not you, who told me
You’ll be saved if you but believe
Was it not you, who said
Succumb or your soul is dead

You gotta count the cost of freedom
You gotta count the cost

Yes I confess I’m a sinner
Can’t change as it’s what must be
But I have love in my heart
And that’s the thing that will set me free

You gotta count the cost of freedom
You gotta count the cost
You gotta count the cost of freedom
Who you love it’s worth the cost

Was it not you, who told me
You gotta pay if you want to be free
Was it not you, who said
You never loved unless you bled

You gotta count the cost of freedom
You gotta count the cost ?

PS. Happy eighth blogaversary to me! Will post something on that tomorrow.

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